March 11, 2009
Behind the scenes glimpse....
Jerry had impeccable taste and class, and like his music clean.
If you check the tapes, Vince butchered the previous show's first set (6/23), and Jerry was likely a bit sore about that.
Nonetheless, you may ask: why were the Dead so good? I think that the answer lies in how they rehearsed and arranged their parts. Jerry wasn't one to simply gloss over the material in a half-assed way. Vince was ready to debut that Bobby song, couple it with Speedway, and wasn't necessarily concerned whether they'd worked it out or not. If someone did that to me, I'd be an ass as well.
Regardless, check out any version of Samba in the Rain. The vocals were worked out, but Jerry was never clear about his part. Vince didn't seem to care that much about the quality of his work, and was happy to debut his song incomplete.
That's what stands between the mediocre and the great.